Thunderbirds: Season 2, Episode 5

Ricochet (30 Oct. 1966)

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A pirate radio station in orbit suffers a malfunction and begins to crash back to Earth - International rescue must save the disc jockey on board and try to stop the craft from landing in a populated area.



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Episode cast overview:
Peter Dyneley ...
Jeff Tracy (voice)
Scott Tracy (voice)
Jeremy Wilkin ...
Virgil Tracy / Power / DJ Tom (voice)
Matt Zimmerman ...
Alan Tracy (voice)
David Graham ...
Gordon Tracy / Brains / Loman / Sentinel Base Computer (voice)
Christine Finn ...
Rick O'Shea (voice)
Sylvia Anderson ...
Professor Mitchell (voice)


A pirate radio station in orbit suffers a malfunction and begins to crash back to Earth - International rescue must save the disc jockey on board and try to stop the craft from landing in a populated area.

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30 October 1966 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This is the only episode where Virgil does not take off in Thunderbird 2 immediately after it is raised on the platform. (He waits until after Thunderbird 3 takes off in this case). See more »


On Thunderbird 5, John is seen speaking in Gordon's voice with the line, "It looks like we'll be another two hours before we're back in business. In the meantime, International Rescue is non-operational." See more »


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Excellent space story pushing 1960's themes 100 years ahead
18 August 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

My favourite Thunderbirds story. Set near the year 2065 we see the pirate radio stations of the 1960's being extrapolated to pirate TV stations in space! The story starts with a blast off of TelSat which malfunctions and has to be detonated. A place of detonation is decided away from other satellites but the pirate TV satellite orbit is not mapped and bears the full force of the explosion. Can Thunderbirds rescue Rick O'Shea and Lohman from their sub-orbital descent without parachutes?

The story plays on emotions. Alan resents Tin-Tin's infatuation with Rick O'Shea and at the end everyone wonders how O'Shea got a black eye, very funny. The last 20 minutes of the story are exciting as two forms of rescue are planned with Thunderbird 3 and 2.

Great sound effects give it a sort of spooky tone, well geared towards outer space.

My only criticisms are for about 10 minutes the story drags slightly. Also you would think that Thunderbird 5 during maintenance would have a backup system operational.

I remember on the BBC 1991 repeats, waiting for it to be shown again. At the time I didn't know it was one of the last produced and had to wait an agonising 8 months for it to be shown.

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